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Mmmm....! I'll read this novel.

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Another fantastic story, thanks, I laughed out loud at least twice.

But thinking about it, your Dad wrote a perfect short story. I think it's exactly the right length with an amazing last sentence. Perhaps he couldn't continue because the story was at its natural conclusion?

Writing one drop dead killer story is a great achievement. Many writers strive for that their whole lives.

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Thank you.

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I will read this.

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A nice piece of writing. So much said so efficiently

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Thank you.

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This is powerful stuff just as it is now. No need to expand it unless you're driven to continue their (and your) journey.

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I don't know what I'll do with it.

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

Excellent. Solitude & loneliness--that passage drove me back to Dylan Thomas's poem that starts, "In my craft or sullen art," in which, I've been told, "sullen" doesn't mean morose or ill-humored, but "lone," the essential solitude of the writer or artist. "Exercised in the still night / When only the moon rages." And the lovers lying together with their griefs. Some poem. In my volume, it follows "Fern Hill," which I had my first daughter read to me when she was about ten--Kim has always been a reader, as is Jennifer (Jon not so much). It was somehow striking to hear that poem read in a child's voice. Well, I do go on. I'll bet you won't write that novel . . .

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Oh, I just listened to Thomas reading it on the BBC!

https://youtu.be/Tiw3uOT2eUc

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Check out Maia...?

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Oh, the book. I have read it. I read eveything.

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Maia?

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Jun 8, 2023·edited Jun 8, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

My father was also kind, funny, and unknowable. I think the funny part masked a lot that he was reluctant to share. Thanks for this great essay. I would love to read your completion of your father's book.

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Thank you, Carol

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Good piece! For some reason, reading this, I was envisioning a graphic novel. What about hiring a graphic artist to do it? Just a thought. I was "seeing" this as a graphic novel. Maybe because I am reading all the banned books from 2022, and the first one listed is a graphic memoir titled Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe.

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Hmmmm. that's a cool idea.

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

I wish my father had left behind writing. I think I might have gotten to know him better as a person rather than just as a father.

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I think my father was, indeed, unknowable on an emotional level. He was a kind and funny man with tremendous amounts of pain. But he never talked about any of it.

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My dad had a couple of unfinished plays/movie scripts. I'm not sure what happened to them.

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Wow. I wonder how common it is to have fathers who are secret writers.

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Dad's writing wasn't too much of a secret. He wrote a play that was preformed at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles in the early 70s. It got a little tiny blurb in Time Magazine. He was a member of The Company Theater around that time. Also on Los Angeles.

He was also a big fan of yours. We started reading you in the late 90s early aughts. Big fans.

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

It will be a fine novel, and if as hilarious as heartbreaking, maybe the ultimate novel. Can’t wait. Thank you, Shermans two.

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Thank you, Kerry

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by Sherman Alexie

However you choose to finalize this, Sherman, what I appreciate most is your frame and what you bring into. Maybe that’s what writing is all about—the rearrangement of random moments to explain what the heck is going on.

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Thanks!

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I would read that novel and don't need to read the other commenters to see if i'm alone....lol.

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Hahahaha! You're not alone, as you suspected!

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Hope you do this dual novel Sherman. Just great stuff and it had me good.

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Thank you, Rick.

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I love the line about the difference between solitude and loneliness. Just one of the gems in that treasure box. I'd absolutely read that novel.

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Thank you, Darrow.

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